by Lisa Papademetriou
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
- Amy Tan
In “Fish Cheeks,” which is about a Chinese American girl who feels embarrassed by her family during dinner, Tan explores how culture can be essential to a person’s identity.Pair “Fish Cheeks” with “Blue-Sky Home” and ask students to discuss how Amy Tan and Phoebe struggle with their identity in the two texts. How do Tan’s feeling about her Chinese identity compare to Phoebe’s feelings about being half Greek? Ask students to discuss how Tan and Phoebe both explore what it means to be American.
I Ask My Mother to Sing
- Li-Young Lee
In Li-Young Lee’s poem “I Ask My Mother to Sing,” the narrator’s mother and grandmother sing of their old home in China.Pair “I Ask My Mother to Sing” with “Blue-Sky Home” and ask students to discuss how the speakers feel about their family’s home countries. Why might Li-Young Lee and Phoebe not feel as connected to China and Greece as their older relatives? How do students think this impacts their identity?